Wiles gets top phys ed position

January 08, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Rick Wiles has been named Anne Arundel County coordinator of physical education after serving as acting coordinator for a little more than one year.

Wiles, a 19-year veteran of the county school system who resides in Millersville, succeeds Paul Rusko.

Rusko retired at the end of the 1991 school year after more than 20 years on the job, but was retained on a personal-contract basis until November of that year while the county delayed naming a successor. Due to the budget crisis, no successor was named and Wiles took the post as the acting coordinator.

The field of candidates was narrowed to five last year, but a coordinator wasn't named. Larry Lorton stepped down as county school superintendent last spring, and his successor, Cornelius Berry Carter, reopened the position for interviews.

Old Mill athletic director Jim Dillon, who has been in the county system for 27 years and once had Wiles as a student at Andover, was one of the final five. Dillon was advised to reapply, but decided not to.

During the summer, Wiles indicated that he expected the county to name a permanent coordinator by the start of the school year and said he applied for the position.

After school started, the search continued; it ended nearly three weeks ago.

No announcement was made by the county.

"I had on-the-job training for the position and realized I had the potential to do the job," said Wiles, who was a resource teacher for physical education before assuming the duties of coordinator.

"I was qualified, and the superintendent recommended me for the job and the school board approved it. It's a challenge, and I hope to maintain the level of integrity established by Paul [Rusko] and Jean [Boyd]."

Boyd, a physical education specialist and Rusko's top assistant, announced her retirement a few months before Rusko. Her nTC position had not been filled either.

Jane Harkaway, an adapted physical education resource teacher, has taken the specialist position, which Wiles said "will be similar to Jean's."

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